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Guest NetIDs and Computer Access

A Northwestern NetID is required to access secure online resources. Those without a NetID can obtain a temporary NetID by visiting a library service desk. 

Guest NetIDs are valid for 2 hours. If additional time is needed, guests must meet with a library staff member for a research consultation to verify that their research needs require access to computer resources.

Alumni with an Alumni Association Card, Northwestern University borrowers with a current Borrower's Card and current students/staff/faculty from another college or university with a current University ID can request extended access at the Information Commons desk in the University Library.

NOTE: Guest NetIDs are not issued during the last two weeks of every quarter for student exams. Visiting researchers needing computer access during this time period should contact library@northwestern.edu to inquire about access before coming into the library.

Where to request a guest NetID

Guest IDs can be requested from service desks in the following locations.

Evanston campus service desks

Chicago campus service desks